Gobblers on the green

A pair of turkeys has taken up residence on local golf course

Claud Buchanan and Renee Wright check out the latest attractions at the Memorial Golf Course in Qualicum Beach.

With wildlife abounding in the area, Bob Smiley thought he had seen it all.

However, the chair of the board of directors of the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club got an eye opener recently when he found a pair of turkeys looking for handouts on the fifth hole.

The course, he said, is no stranger to wildlife as he points to a dappled fawn laying on the grass at the base of a tree near the clubhouse.

“That’s a newborn,” he said. “The mama’s just left her resting right there. We get deer, bears, and even had a cougar one time.”

However, the pair of turkeys is a new one for him and, after they showed up at the fifth tee about a week ago, they’ve become a bit of an attraction for the golfers and staff at the downtown course.

“We don’t know which farm they came from, but I think they’re yearlings. They’re extremely friendly,” he said of the golf course gobblers. 

“They don’t bother the golfers and I think they’re just looking for a handout.”






Just Posted

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh to campaign in Port Alberni

Singh joins Courtenay-Alberni candidate for rally to kick off final weekend before election

Touring exhibit from Royal B.C. Museum highlights First Nations languages

Qualicum Beach Museum will be home to a variety of interactive stations

‘Dirty Money’ in Nanoose Bay: Dr. Peter German to speak at ElderCollege

‘This is an evolving study’: presenting up-to-date information on B.C. organized crime

Winter preparation underway for mid-Island highways

Drivers reminded to ready vehicles for changing conditions

Qualicum Beach council discusses helping out Orca Place residents

Town considers offer of temporary jobs in the future

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

Vancouver Island’s West Coast going wild about cycling

Ongoing project will tie Tofino and Ucluelet together with a paved cycling trail

Drop, cover and hold on: Thousands of British Columbians to take part in earthquake drill

This year’s drill comes as scientists announce discovery of ‘stormquakes,’ an earthquake and hurricane

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Frustration and pride in Canada after a year of legal pot

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

West Kelowna business facing charges after six bears killed over littering

A West Kelowna business has been charged for leaving garbage around Lake Okanagan Resort

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

One person hurt in crash at busy Nanaimo intersection

Minivan, sport utility vehicle collide at old Island Highway, Bowen Road and Norwell Drive

Most Read